Major League Baseball had its best week regarding COVID, MLB has installed a “sticky substance” rule, and the same National League player has become the favorite to win the Cy Young and the MVP. Check out the latest Major League Baseball news in our coronavirus update so you can continue betting against their MLB odds.
MLB COVID-19 Update – June 16th Edition
2021 MLB Season
- When: Thursday, April 1 – Friday, October 1
- Where: Various
2021 World Series Odds
- Los Angeles Dodgers +360
- New York Yankees +1400
- San Diego Padres +850
- Tampa Bay Rays +700
- Atlanta Braves +3000
- Minnesota Twins +15000
- Chicago White Sox +600
- Oakland Athletics +950
- Houston Astros +1200
- Cleveland Indians +3500
- Cincinnati Reds +3300
- Chicago Cubs +3000
- New York Mets +800
- Washington Nationals +9000
- St. Louis Cardinals +3500
- Toronto Blue Jays +2500
- Philadelphia Phillies +4000
- L.A. Angels +4500
- Milwaukee Brewers +1300
- Boston Red Sox +1800
- Miami Marlins +12500
- San Francisco Giants +1800
- Arizona Diamondbacks +250000
- Colorado Rockies +200000
- Seattle Mariners +10000
- Baltimore Orioles +175000
- Detroit Tigers +75000
- Kansas City Royals +17500
- Texas Rangers +80000
- Pittsburgh Pirates +100000
22 MLB teams have relaxed COVID protocols
Major League Baseball should be congratulated for how they’ve handled COVID this season. 22-of-30 Major League Baseball franchises have reached the 85% vaccination threshold.
Not only that, but only 65 positives, 36 players and 29 staff, have tested positive from 194,419 samples tested. The .03% positivity rate means MLB, for the most part, should have no trouble finishing the season without issue.
MLB will hand out 10-day bans for “sticky stuff”
Major League Baseball wants to cut down on the “sticky stuff”, or as one MLB executive put it, “grip enhancers.” Most every starting pitcher uses something to help them grip the baseball.
Former Dodgers great Orel Hershiser used hair gel. A grip enhancer is different than scuffing the baseball, which is what the Niekro brothers did during their careers.
Because the sticky stuff is different than scuffing the ball, MLB will suspend anyone caught using grip enhancers for 10-days with pay.
Major League Baseball expects any suspensions to dissuade pitchers from using grip enhancers. We’ll see if it works. Already, some pitchers are pushing back. One big time starter, Tyler Glasnow, believes the new rule led to his recent injury.
New York Mets Jacob deGrom is now one of the favorites to win both the NL Cy Young and the NL MVP
Don’t be surprised if New York Mets ace pitcher Jacob deGrom is the favorite to win both the NL Cy Young and the NL MVP once MyBookie posts updated odds.
deGrom has a ridiculously low .56 ERA. The WHIP is .53 while he’s struck out 103 batters. DeGrom has allowed 4 earned runs off 26 hits in 64 innings thrown.
Because deGrom plays in the NL, he must often step to the plate. As of June 15, deGrom has more hits, 10, than runs earned. There is no way to explain how amazing of a stat that is.
Halos’ manager Joe Maddon said he’s okay if Shohei wants to hit and pitch in the All-Star Game
Right now, Shohei Ohtani is dominating both on the mound and at the plate. Ohtani is batting .267 with 18 home runs and 46 runs batted in. His OPS ranks seventh in MLB at .974.
The Angels’ two-way superstar is also dominating on the mound. In 47.1 innings thrown, Ohtani has a 2.85 ERA, 4 home runs, and 15 total earned runs.
Because Ohtani is putting together a great season at the plate and on the mound, Los Angeles Angels’ manager Joe Maddon has said he won’t stand in Shohei’s way if he wishes to throw an inning and go to the plate during the All-Star Game.
Maddon said it’s up to Ohtani if he wants to do that. We should expect it to happen. When have we ever gotten to see one of the best pitchers and hitters in MLB do both those things in an all-star contest?
Rays’ odds dive to third choice to win the World Series but may lose ace Glasnow
Tampa does look like the class of the AL East. But before dumping on the Rays, check out Tyler Glasnow’s status.
Glasnow left his start on June 14 with right elbow inflammation. Glasnow blamed his injury on the lack of grip enhancers.
One of the things the Rays’ ace talked about in a video on ESPN is how the lack of grip enhancers, the sticky stuff, can lead to pitcher injuries.
Before jumping on the Rays check out Glasnow’s video. Also, before making MLB bets, think about how not using grip enhancers will affect pitchers.